Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks (Book Review)

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks 

cover144112-mediumFormat: eBook (eARC)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone

Genres: General Fiction, Literary Fiction

Publication Date: 6th September 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“Here is Paris as you have never seen it before – a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past, the shadows of Vichy and Algeria.

American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation; in her desire to understand their lives and through them her own, she finds a city bursting with clues and connections. Out in the migrant suburbs, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. For him, in his innocence, each boulevard, Métro station and street corner is a source of surprise.

In this urgent and deeply moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance, and identity. With great originality and a dark humour, Paris Echo asks how much we really need to know if we are to live a valuable life.”

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My Thoughts & Review

I got this book back in Dec 2018 and finally managed to tick it off my NetGalley to read shelf.

I’d heard so many great things about Sebastian Faulks and his writing and was really looking forward to reading my first book by him. Sadly, I have such mixed feelings about this book. There were some things that I really enjoyed and some that I just didn’t like and didn’t work for me.

The first thing that I didn’t like was that for me this book just started off very slow. I nearly gave up on it. I did really enjoy the historical part of this book, I thought it was interesting and very well researched.

I did like how this book is written in first person with alternate narratives from 2 different perspectives. I thought this was good at first but as I read on I felt the two characters didn’t  really connect well together. Therefore, it made me feel like I couldn’t really connect with the characters. When it comes to the characters I had mixed feeling about them. They were interesting but yet at times they seemed to be unrelatable and unrealistic especially in some of the things they did through the book.

This particular book was not for me probably because I was expecting an action-packed war time thriller and I didn’t get that, but I’m sure it will be a hit with the devoted fans of Sebastian Faulks, and there for if you enjoyed his previous books then I recommend this one.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Hutchinson (Random House UK) for my review copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.  

My Rating

💙💙1/2

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!


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